Studying in distance mode – tips and advice for students
We summarise here some general recommendations that may be useful in your everyday life, where you may be spending much of your time at home.
Remember to check for updates from LiU on the coronavirus webpage.
For online study situations, teaching materials will be distributed using the IT tools of the LiU infrastructure. See links the right column. It is recommended that teaching personnel use:
- Microsoft 365: Teams and PowerPoint
- The Zoom video conferencing system
- Digital course rooms in LISAM.
It may be necessary for students to connect using remote login, and they should now investigate the programs that the university has access to. Some installation may be necessary on student computers.
Activity online should preferably take place asynchronously (independent of time and place).
Synchronous online activity (live) should be used as an alternative. The method chosen should be made clear by the teachers of your course.
Structure your day – create routines
- Try to structure your day at home to be as similar as possible to a normal day of timetabled teaching. If you can maintain your routines, or create new ones that are suitable for the situation, they will signal calm and security to your body.
- Establish clearly defined times for study, decide when you will start and when you will finish. Switch the computer off at the end of the day, or move to another place.
- Take breaks at regular intervals, and take a proper lunch break.
- Make sure that you get some exercise, get out into the fresh air and daylight every day. You can, for example, go for a walk at lunchtime, or “walk to campus” in the morning and “walk home” when your lecture or class ends.
- Good study routines can help you study successfully.
Ergonomics – get moving!
- Remember: flexibility. Student accommodation is often not designed for sitting still in front of a computer. Change your position in the room and change the way you sit often, and think about such matters as lighting, the chair, and the desk. An ironing board or tall chest of drawers makes an excellent stand-up desk. Or you can place a box under the monitor to raise it to eye level.
- Remember to take breaks and exercise regularly. When at home, we have a tendency to remain sitting for longer periods, which can cause stiffness. Some apps are available for download to your computer or mobile as aids, and these can be set to send reminders. It is also enough to put a reminder into your mobile or calendar.
- Try to get out of the home every day for a bit of daylight and exercise (unless you are ill).
- To prevent overuse injuries, be on the look out for early signals from your body such as soreness, tension and muscle or joint stiffness.
Communication – keep in contact with friends and fellow students
- Social interactions, informal contacts and the exchange of ideas do not come as naturally when it’s not possible to meet in person. Keep in contact with your fellow students using digital media or a telephone.
- Organise digital fika breaks (in Teams or Zoom), or phone each other a bit more often, even if it is just to have a chat.
- Are you missing the people you usually discuss ideas with, now that you’re on your own? Phone a friend to talk things through, and solve whatever problem you’re stuck on.
- If you have a seminar, lecture or a meeting where you don’t need to use a computer, take notes or share screens – try to do it while moving around. Stand up at your desk, or even use wireless earphones to allow you to walk around the apartment. If it’s possible that you only need to listen (if you’re in a meeting, for example), try to arrange it as a walking meeting. Fresh air, activity, and social contact all have a positive effect.
Support is available if you are feeling anxious
- If you feel anxious about your study situation, you can contact Student Health for advice and support. If you have other problems related to your studies, you can contact the study advisory service. If you need advice or support relating to problems with your education or work environment, you can contact the relevant student union or section.
- If you experience trouble with your health that is not related to your studies, you should always contact the health and medical care services. Telephone the 1177 medical information service or contact your local health centre.
- Are you worried? If possible – avoid being alone with your thoughts: try to spend time with others who you feel safe with. Try to find a balance between acceptance of your anxiety (which is, after all, a natural reaction and feeling), and talking about it.
- And remember – the current situation with a covid-19 pandemic and the activation of distance mode will not last for ever!
- All students are covered by accident insurance that is valid during study hours, and when travelling to and from teaching components located on campus.
Photo: Cecilia Olsson
Translation: George Farrants
Read and use the following guides to boost your digital expertise in preparation for distance mode
Last updated: 2021-02-17